Poems

The Darkness

The darkness is always there.
Shine a light and it only covers it up;
We are awake in the light;
When it is dark we put lights on or sleep;
But it is always there.

It is reminding us of the Tao;
We can be ‘happy’ and ‘positive’;
But they can’t exist without the underlying darkness in our soul;
It is always there.

We need to meditate in the dark;
In the stillness of the night;
To feel the other side;
To be comfortable;
To know the balance.

We are that light;
As brightly as we might shine;
We rise from the dark;
We return to it;
And it is always there.

Know it.

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Time and Awareness

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Time and Awareness

This is really important.

We are constantly being told that time is precious and we have to set our goals, focus on them and then go out and get them.

I have a problem with this.

Firstly, time is precious, the more research is done, the more we realise that time has little connection to clocks, all time exists all of the time.

We don’t pass through time, time passes through us.

Let that soak in….

The past does not exist, the future does not exist, there is only the present.

So time passes through the present.

Why is this so important?

Because if we are fettered by our past, or if we are anxious about the future, we are asleep in the present.

The present is a ‘present’, it’s a gift to us.

If we are able to fully exist in the present moment, unfettered by the past that doesn’t exist, fearless for the future that doesn’t exist, we are fully aware and awake in the present, able to take full advantage of it and actually be fully and completely alive.

Life comes to us, but if we are focused on ‘goals’, fears and anxieties and out there chasing our tail, our vision is so narrow that we are missing a plethora of opportunities that it is being presented to us.

Stop. Be still. ‘Be’ fully and completely in the moment, let life come to you, let the opportunities come to you, broaden your mind, accept life as it comes, see all those things that you’ve never seen before because of the fog and narrow vision that anxiety from the past and for the future gives you.

Life is truly the gift that just keeps on giving, if your vision and perspective allows it.

If your mind is preconditioned, you won’t see the opportunities, you will just continually keep walking past open doors.

Every time I start to get anxious, I stop, become still and become fully alive and take each moment as it comes.

Meditation, mindfulness, neigong and Tai Chi will enhance this skill.

A big, life changing difference!

 

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Dieting Is Mind and Emotions

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Dieting Is Mind and Emotions

Dieting is about manipulation and business. They know how to appeal to your basic instincts and emotions.

If you’re fat no-one will love you, that instills fear and you can’t even love yourself. How deep and sad is that? That leaves you vulnerable to those that know how to manipulate you at that level.  Self loathing is a powerful demon that can drive you into all sorts of unnatural thoughts and actions and everyone from the dieting, plastic surgeons, make up and clothing businesses and even narcissistic friends and partners love it.

So take control of your mind and emotions, it costs nothing but a bit of effort and wisdom. Watch them, watch how you react to food and to how others try to take control and use your weaknesses.

Your self loathing and weakness looks for rewards, note how you eat to reward yourself, notice the triggers in your mind. It’s been a hard day so I will ‘treat’ myself. When you see food how do you react? Does your mind already start to ‘taste’ it? Do you make yourself ‘hungry’ simply because it’s there? Does your body require food simply because it’s a certain time or place? What are your personal triggers?

Watch and learn. You think that this is ‘you’ but it’s not, it’s simply learned behaviour or habits that arise because you weren’t watching your mind.

Who is manipulating you? Watch your response to advertising, that which subliminally makes you want food or drink, that which makes you feel guilty because you don’t look a certain way and those that make themselves feel good by putting you down albeit subtly, often ‘encouraging’ you like you are some kind of dog or simpleton.

Recognise and acknowledge your bad habits and weaknesses, just that act of recognition means that you have already initiated change. People yoyo diet because they give the control over to others or panic out of weakness so as soon as the control ends or the regime is unsustainable, they fold and return to entrenched habits.

Your body is always talking you and if you know how to listen, not in words but in feelings, your mind and body work through anticipation, so your habits will dictate how you think, feel and react. See advert, feel guilty or hungry, see food, feel hungry, see slim, fit, people, feel guilty.

DO NOT HATE YOUR YOURSELF! That is other people doing that to you. work with your body and mind, they are on your side, all they want is a bit of care and mindfulness. watch and listen, take care of them and they will take care of you.

They say that when you know the name of the devil he can’t touch you. When you see how you are being manipulated – it won’t work, when you see how you have formed bad habits through being mindless, they will stop working.

You don’t need other people putting you down, you don’t need those trying to sell you something to manipulate you, so don’t get taken in. Change the way you are permanently and understand your mind and emotions to change your life forever.

And that my friends – is free.

 

 

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Pause For Stillness

Today I was walking up the stairs and I paused;
As I get older I pause more and more;
I pause to find the stillness;
The stillness that sits behind everything.

All you have to do to find it is be still;
It’s always there, it feeds the universe;
Everything arises from and then returns to it;
It is the source that we need to be connected to.

When not connected we feel lonely and isolated;
We create a self to replace it;
Like the make believe friend we had as a child;
But there really is no self…..

There is a deep profound stillness;
And to find it, all we have to do is pause….

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Finding Myself….

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Thought I’d better find myself…
Where am I?
Not in my head;
Could see my thoughts but they weren’t me.

I think therefore I am?
Nah, I am therefore I think more like;
In my body?
Not there either.

My body breathes;
Heart pumps;
Organs function;
Not me doing any of that.

My name?
Parents gave it to me;
Work, hobbies?
Just things I do.

Sits still, scratches head;
Then who the bloody hell am I?
Looks into the dogs eyes….
Ah…. there I am…

Everywhere but where I thought….

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Breathing With Your Body

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This morning’s neigong:

Don’t eat breakfast;
Drink a pint of iced water;
Find your place to stand;
Then find your balance.

Find your natural breathing rhythm;
Don’t breathe in until you would have to stop yourself;
Don’t breathe out until you would have stop yourself;
Let your body, not your mind deepen and control the breath.

Use your entire dantien to breathe;
Stomach sides and back draw the diaphragm down;
Filling the lungs with air;
Calming you down, making your mind aware and focused.

In Tai Chi the joints and fascia act together as a pump;
Expand them naturally as you breathe in;
Let them rest naturally as you breathe out:
Let the bows of arms, legs and spine work with them.

Go to the feet first to breathe in;
Open the body to expand to receive the air and energy;
Allow it to rest and soften as you breathe out;
Feel the elixir of life refresh and heal you.

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